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Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,814 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,814
Reviews: 1,548
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 177
Gots: 337 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of yesyouam
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Cinq Cents is a very carbonated golden ale with particles swirling around in it. The head is huge and foamy. The aroma is bready and grassy with banana and clove. It is very smooth on the mouth with a medium-full body. It has a well-blended flavor, a touch sweet with banana bread, cloves and leather. An excellent tripel.
(rated Apr 13, 2008)

Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy gold with millions of particles because I poured in the yeast (against the bottle directions), thick and chunky head.

Smell: Yeasty, clove, a kind of sweetness I can't put a name to.

Taste: Tangy initial taste gives way to a more subtle sweetness with spices, black pepper, a little bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: Tasty, goes down easy.

Picked up a gift pack to try these beers and to get a goblet. The white (tripel) was probably my favorite of the three. A little less sweet than some of my favorite tripels, but still quite good.

Photo of darklordlager
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-orange colour, with hints of light red.
Great 1.5" white head, that holds to the side of the glass.

Smell is banana, bubble gum, spice, and belgian yeast.

Big spice up front, which turns into banana. Some bitterness that comes through as it warms. Finishes with a dry tart bite.

Mouthfeel is perfect for this style. Not to light, or too heavy. The carbonation just lets it slip right over the tongue, and leaves you wanting another sip.

Drinkability: Not sure if I'd reach for another...

Photo of Guzzler78
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. Bottle
A golden orange color, unfiltered appearance. Pours a nice thick head that leaves nice white lacing
Smells of yeast, bread, malt,some spicy hop notes.
Tastes of raisins, citrus zest, yeast with some bitter hoppiness.
Has a medium mouthfeel, a slight creaminess, that leaves a nice coating in the mouth.

Great tasting, could only drink a couple of these at a time though.

Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden orange, decent lacing. Smells of phenols, clove and other spicy notes. Tastes of phenols and green apple. Nice clean crisp taste, finishes dry. Alcohol is definitely present, but not in a bad way. Good mouthfeel, refreshing but not thin at all.

Great beer, kind of the unknown brother to the other Chimay beers, but you can't go wrong with a trappist. Not as good as Westmalle Tripel, but fantastic nonetheless.

Photo of magictrokini
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As trippels go, not one of my favorites. Murky gold pour with a bubbly white head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy, with a tiny bit of banana. The taste is heavily vanilla and raisins, mixed with what I can only describe as cake batter. No banana or yeast esters at all. Very creamy mouthfeel. Probably will not get again, just too much vanilla.

Photo of thespaceman
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.20 oz stubby bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Nice dark gold in color, poured a decent size head into my tulip with soapy lacing. Nice retention, lots of bubbles in the glass.

Smell: A raw apple tinge bleeds through a rough ester nose, this one smells potent yet tame. A bit of raw honey and fruit florals emit nicely. A spot of banana and baked bread can be found as well.

Taste: A bit of vanilla bean, earthy/grass tones and yeast. Grannysmith apples, a smidge of nutmeg and other spices excentuate this perfectly balanced tripel.

Mouthfeel: Not as carbonated as I thought it would be but it's defintley there, a nice light to medium body.

Drinkability: I'm glad I've finally tried the Chimay line after much passing by, this beer, although not as flamboyant as the Grande Reserve, is a good example of the Tripel style and is tasty yet reserved. I will definetley seek this out in the future for sure.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle, poured into Chimay goblet.

Appearance - golden-orange color, nearly clear at the bottom, but increasingly dark and cloudy towards the head.

Smell - sweet, flowery, fruity. Similar to Duvel in many ways, though noticeably different.

Taste - Incredibly sweet, fading quickly to quite bitter, nice but surprising the first time. After taste is malty, then yeasty, then bitter and very dry, leaving the palette cleansed, but thirsting for more.

Mouthfeel - crisp, and very light. Not unsatisfying or underwhelming, but not oppressive, heavy, or burdening. Very refreshing texture.

Drinkability - very tasty, very enjoyable. The dryness and subtle-but-deep complexity mean this wouldn't be well suited to several in one evening, but a single bottle is very enjoyable.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/30/08. Bottle. Pours a murky orange with a thick, creamy white head. Initial aroma was of skunk, which got fainter as the beer warmed, but was still present. Taste of light fruits (but no distinguishable tastes), spices. Bitter finish. This was good, but lacked the complexity of the Bleu or even the Dubbel. 5/4/7/4/15 (3.5/5)

Photo of Irie
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 1 inch head off of a gentle pour with good lacing and a foggy carbonated body. Red/orange tint with golden edges.

Yeasty/Heffy smell with hints of fruits.

Great fluffy feel with a sharp bite at the end. So balanced it seems like no taste overpowers. Instead they all work together in harmony. Tastes of grain with a subtle hop background that intrigues the taste buds.

The bitterness is a bit strange for my personal tastes, but it's got a very rough character that I like. Good drinkability but not my favorite.

Photo of DeliriumDuck
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a Hefe with a cloudy orange fog in the glass.

Smells of orange peel and spice of tangerine.

Apple and orange peel...like cider...clove and spice, finishes with a hard alcohol and fruit.

Enjoyable beer, with strong alcohol content.
Balanced with incredible resinence.

Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the holiday gift pack with the chalice glass. Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Golden light brownish color that pours very hazy and cloudy from the yeast. A nice one finger off white head.

S: Yeasty smell with sweet fruits and a hint of spice. Slight hops are detectable.

T: Malty sweetness with fruit flavors of banana, raisins, orange and some dark fruit like cherry. A heavy yeasty flavor underlies with almost a musty flavor that allows the spice to shine through. A nice hops bitterness creeps in at the end to make this beer so complex. Let it warm up for best results, that's when the flavors all mix and really pop.

M: Full and coating, a nice mellow alcohol feel.

D: Good, the bottle went down very nicely. Sip this one for sure, but you can easily have a few in one sitting, just remember to let it warm and enjoy it.

Overall I was never a huge belgian guy, but with quality beers like this one I am learning to enjoy them. Great beer, I look forward to trying the blue and red.

Photo of gonzogambler
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought with a holiday 3 pack with a glass and one of each Chimay (blue, red, white). The beer is orange/golden with a white head that remains while drinking. The smell is yeast, citrus, and spices.

The taste is yeast and sweetness with small jab of black pepper. The finish is a little bitterness and spices. It has nice amount of carbonation to match and is crisp and nice to drink. This would be a great beer with dinner.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into branded Chimay glass goblet

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy blonde color with a thick, foamy white head.

Smell: Buttery malts with a bit of hop spiciness and a bit of earthiness.

Taste: Begins sweet and end a little spicy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium body with a pleasant carbonation bite. Very appetising.

Drinkability: Very good drink. Definitely not something to pound back or have more than two or three ofg, but should be savored. Another world-class beer from Chimay.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, orangey body with a large, pillowy, white head. Nice layering of lace on the way down.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, lightly toasted malts with a heavy addition of honey as well as caramel candy and notes of dried fruits and yeast.

Taste: Light caramel, orange blossom honey, and candi sugar envelop gently toasted malts. Dash of apricot juice. Pinch of spice. Mild hop character and accompanying bitterness. Subtle sour yeastiness. Warming alcohol presence and small bready hints on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Far better than even I had remembered. An enjoyable tripel -- quite drinkable, interesting, and readily available.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this stuff on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA for their celebration of Chimay's 25th year in the US and 146th year in Belguim.

This brew had a nice golden-amber color with thick white head that fizzled down after a bit and left good lacing.

Smell was of malts - yeasty, bread notes with a hoppy undertone. A bit like fresh cut grass but not as strong.

Taste was a silky smooth mixture of the rich malty flavors and the high abv and hops. Sort of a sourdough flavor but not as thick or bitter.

Excellent mouthfeel - very smooth, sticks to your tounge and have great lingering hop flavor. The alcohol kick is definitely there.

This ale, like everything Chimay has, is very drinkable. The high abv makes me stay away from having more than a few of these in one night, but it's tempting!

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Gingerman on 25th anniversary pint night and got to keep the Chimay Glass-very nice.

A-Gloden straw with 2 inch white head served in Chimay Glass-looks great as it laces down
S-Yeast up front and some grass/hay smells, on second sniff maybe there are some esthers in there as well with some bubble gum, very interesting spice as well, very subtle
T-At first taste there is a grain and yeast flavor, the smell is better than the actual taste but both are good, the alcohol is well hidden and this goes down easy,
M-good carbo and fizzes in mouth a little, still goes down fairly smooth, not as smooth as some but not bad
O-This is a very well crafted good beer but the flavors just don't pop to give it great ratings that said I could drink this for a while and never notice how drunk I actually became.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Slightly hazy deep golden honey color with large bone white head consisting of foam, medium and large bubbles. Good retention, medium-heavy lacing.

S = Sour yeasty smells hit first followed by winter cooking spices and fresh cut hay, smells of recent rain in farmyard. Very complex.

T = Spicy notes at the tip of the tongue quickly give way to a sour candy taste which itself quickly gives way at and past mid-palate to a malty sour dough bread. This finally eases into a long bitter-sweet finish. Superb.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, great mouthcoating, alcohol and carbonation sting just a little too much for it to be perfect, but it is darn close.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a light murky golden-tangerine color with an initial 2 finger foamy white head that was sticky and persistant eventually settling to a thin covering. Some suspended sediment and a strong carbonation presence was noted as well.

S: a light yeastiness with lemons, and oranges with a nice spiciness finishing with a peppery touch.

T: The flavor had a nice light breadiness with lemons and oranges. There was traces of dried tropical fruits and grapefruit that provided a nice spicy tang. A light sourness and musky grains round things out as well a citrus hopping before a light showing of black pepper finishes things.

M: a nice strong carbonation presence providing a lively tingle on the tongue. Spritzy, smooth with a medium fullness.

D: Very nice drinkability, spicy, tangy, and refreshing.

Photo of maskaggs
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The nose of this beer comes out of the bottle swinging - at a distance of about two feet, I could smell it clearly. The nose is very hoppy, very bitter, but not unpleasant. The head settled down to about an inch after sitting for a minute or two, and then I had the first sip.

I immediately noticed the feel of this beer - even with plenty of non-foam intake, it's got an incredibly foamy mouthfeel. I'm undecided whether that's pleasant or not at this point. There is a tiny - tiny - tinge of sweetness, with the overall taste being hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is even more bitter than the mouth, and a bit astringent (I was reminded of some drier wines). After the pour, the head settled down to about a half inch.

With the second tasting, that foamy mouthfeel was still there (and a little hint - it doesn't go away throughout the entire experience). I noticed some sort of rusty/smoky taste here, and the third sip was even more "vegetably" (yes I know that's not a word). The head continued to shrink as I got on with the beer, but I noticed some great lacing.

I noticed some definitely yeasty undertones, and I have to admit that the 8% ABV comes through pretty loud on this beer. It has a bit of a bite to it (especially if you are used to lower ABV beers and "softer" forms of drink).

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled in 2006

A - hazy amber colored brew with a finger and a half of rocky off white head, tons of sediment and plenty of carbonation

S - appley, wheaty, malty, some faint fruits like raisins or grapeskins, a alcohol hint at teh very back of the aroma

T - my god, chimay never disappoints, a great wheaty malt taste with a molasses, raisiny inherent sweetness that makes me want more, some spice notes as well, like maybe nutmeg or coriander. definitely needs more aging, like the chimay blue i tried

M&D - a bit fizzy, couldve use a few more years on the shelf in my closet. still spectacularly chimay

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.55/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/24/2005 (bottle):

Pours an amber colored body, with a small white head. Some spices and some alcohol are present in the aroma. Has a pale and dry taste, with a bitter aftertaste. A little bit of sweetness, but not enough to balance the bitterness in my opinion.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet (Naturally)
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Lovely golden amber colored liquid. Nice two-finger foamy white head. Okay retention and some quite decent lacing.

Bananas. Powerful smell of bananas strikes first. Nice caramely malt scent. Earthy yeastiness. Slight spiciness to it.

Pan-fried bananas with carmelized brown sugar and hints of clove and corriander. Nice yeasty bread notes. Roasted malt notes make a slight appearance.

Good creamy smooth feeling in the mouth. Very good carbonation level. Nice tiny little bubbles that dance over your tongue and down your throat.

With the alcohol so well hidden, this is an excellently drinkable brew. Nice and easy.

Photo of adamparker05
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich dark amber color; looks like liquid rust. Head quickly dissipates. Little bit of sediment in the bottle.

Smell is hints of spices: Clove, coriander. Bits of lemon zest. Little bit of a yeasty, bready aroma.

Taste is more yummy yeast, some candied orange zest with a nice spicy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is spicy and rich with light carbonation.

It's Chimay, man. Some o' the best stuff in the world. Nuff said.

Photo of simonjohansson
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im no expert on the tripel style, but this is what I found in the Chimay example.

Smell: typical belgian yeasty smell, together with different fruits (apricot, bananas), wheat, butter, somekind of sweet candy, and spices. The smell is complex, and - really good.

Taste: same as the smell, quite complex with spices, apricot and banana, wheat, candy (almost like sugar/syrup) and some grassy, hoppy bitterness which matches the malty, fruity sweetness really well. Dry finish.

Overall: great beer, complex and rich in flavors. Nicely balanced, as well.

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 3,814 ratings.